After several rumors coming from Aussie land regarding the situation of some players and staff members of The Pumas, finally the UAR clarified the situation through a statement that reported the inability of those involved to participate in the next match of the Argentine team against the Wallabies in Gold Coast, Saturday at 3.50 live on Star +, ESPN (Argentina) and ESPN 2.
Sebastián Cancelliere, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Felipe Ezcurra, Pablo Matera, Santiago Medrano and Santiago Socino, They will no longer be able to be from the match of the team confirmed by Mario Ledesma for the last match in the Rugby Championship.
The Communiqué of the Argentine Rugby Union:
The UAR reported that a group of 6 players and 2 staff members of the Los Pumas team that is in Australia for the Rugby Championship, is circumstantially in the state of New South Wales, after having made a trip on their day off , so due to the sanitary restrictions of the COVID-19, for the moment they cannot return to Queensland.
The eight members of the team are Sebastián Cancelliere, Lucas Chioccarelli (manager), Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Felipe Ezcurra, Pablo Matera, Rodrigo Martínez (video analyst), Santiago Medrano and Santiago Socino. All are in perfect health, staying in a hotel in the area, waiting for their condition to be resolved. For the moment, its only limitation is the momentary impossibility of transferring state jurisdiction to rejoin the rest of the members who remain in Queensland.
The UAR is making solving this problem a top priority. To do this, it is carrying out all the necessary procedures at the institutional level and providing all assistance to facilitate the return of the players and staff as soon as possible. In parallel, an internal process has begun to clarify what happened and determine the corresponding responsibilities.
Finally, the UAR clarifies that, by virtue of this situation, the members of the affected delegation will not be able to participate in the next game, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 2.